Greatest Gifts For Teachers & Teacher Appreciation Week


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VolunteerSpot's free eBook lists the Greatest Gifts for Teachers. Topics include seasonal gift ideas to honor teachers throughout the school year. Special ideas for saying Thank You during Teacher Appreciation Week. Gifts from older kids and for retiring teachers. And a list of teacher-reported most and least-favorite gifts. We’ve included low‐cost and no‐cost suggestions and ideas for individual student/family gifts, as well as collective classroom and school‐wide efforts. Use to give the gift of time and stretch budgets in a tough economy.

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Greatest Gifts For Teachers & Teacher Appreciation Week

  1. 1. The Greatest Gifts Inside this eBook: for Seasonal gift ideas to honor teachers throughout the school Teachers year Hands on kid-to-teacher gift suggestions that will teach kids how to have and show their appreciation A teacher approved list of the best and worst gifts A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook
  2. 2. VolunteerSpot Philosophy At VolunteerSpot, we believe that volunteers should be rewarded for stepping forward and sharing their time and talents with those in need. All too often, volunteering means putting up with a certain amount of hassle or frustration – whether that is late night emails, reply-all messages, reminder phone calls, or searching for a parking space. Our sponsors enable us to A sincere THANK YOU to our VolunteerSpot parents and teachers provide FREE signup sheets for sharing your ideas and helping us craft this eBook. and scheduling tools that simplify volunteering, powering Please feel free to post it on your blog or email it to whomever you your good work in schools and believe would benefit from reading it. clubs, in your congregation THANK YOU! and neighborhoods. We can’t find you a parking place, but ~ Team VolunteerSpot with VolunteerSpot, DOING GOOD just got easier!© 2011 by VolunteerSpot DOING GOOD Just Got Easier!Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative CommonsLicense, Attribution 2.5.
  3. 3. We LOVE our Teachers!! At VolunteerSpot, we LOVE teachers! Teachers work hard all year for our  children and deserve our gratitude and  appreciation.  Simply saying THANK YOU in an email or  handwritten note is a kind recognition of their  hard work and a welcomed gesture.   For those of you wanting to go the extra mile,  we’ve put together this eBook with Great Gift  Ideas for Teachers.  We’ve included low‐cost and no‐cost  suggestions. We have ideas for individual  student/family gifts, as well as collective  classroom and school‐wide efforts. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD j
  4. 4. Teacher Appreciation Throughout the School Year September: Back to School (See our ideas) page 5 November: Thanksgiving page 6 December: Winter Holidays page 7 February: Valentine’s Day page 8 May: Teacher Appreciation Week page 9 June: End of the Year page 10 The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  5. 5. Back To School Welcome a new teacher with a basket of classroom supplies. Ask each family  to donate one or two small items: pencils, markers, glue, stickers, tissues, hand  sanitizer, etc. Help a teacher stock and organize his or her classroom.   Ask for gift card donations from office supply stores to help  with classroom supplies. Organize a reading circle and classroom helpers. Use  VolunteerSpot to coordinate volunteers to  help out once a  month. Share your special skills and traditions. Compile a list of  special skills, hobbies, or family traditions that parents can  share with the class throughout the year.  Put together a Wish Notebook to stay in the office or  library with teacher surveys.  The surveys should ask  teachers to name their favorite snack, restaurant, flower,  theatre,  beverage, charity, author, etc.  Parents can look  up gift ideas all year round.The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  6. 6. Show Thanks for ThanksgivingThankful Faces of ThanksgivingPaste a collage of the children’s faces on a traditional Thanksgiving scene and have the children present it to their teacher. Graffiti Wall of Thanks Teachers say their favorite gifts  involve hearing from the students  themselves. Get permission to  tape a large piece of butcher  paper on the wall outside of each  classroom. Have the students   write at least one reason they are  thankful for their teacher.   Artwork and tasteful graffiti  should be encouraged. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD j
  7. 7. Winter Holidays “Last year my class made a collective donation in my • Fill a basket with warm beverage  name to my favorite local packets:  powdered cider, hot chocolate,  charity. It felt so good tea bags, and instant coffee pouches.  knowing they were Include a note: “You warm our hearts!  supported in a year I Thank you!” couldn’t afford to give much myself.“ -- 4th grade teacher, • Add a “teacher appreciation” section to  Colorado Springs, CO the school newsletter.  This could include  quotes from students, poems, or special  thanks. • Invite teachers to a “souper bowl”  special lunch and serve home‐made  soups from crock pots. • Ask for teacher discounts and free  tickets to local holiday shows and  theater productions so they can have  special holiday fun with their families.The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  8. 8. Valentines Day Ideas Make a list of all the students in the class and give copies to each student’s parents. This • Ask each child to write “I love my teacher  assures that every child in because…” on a small heart cut from  the class receives a construction paper. valentine and saves the teacher from having to take care of it. • Ask each student to wear a red shirt to  school prior to Valentines Day, and  photograph the class holding a sign  reading: “We love our teacher!” • Ask each student to draw a heart and  sign their name on one t‐shirt, or a  poster, then present it to the teacher. • Organize Valentines Day activities for the  class so that the teacher is free to take  care of other things.The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  9. 9. Teacher Appreciation WeekSelect a day during the week and ask each  Arrange for a special treat in the teacher’s child and their parents to present their  lounge – a dessert bar, special lunch, or teacher with one flower on that day.   baked goods.Teachers will go home with a beautiful bouquet to remind them of how much they  Post signs around the school expressing are appreciated. your appreciation.Ask your local newspaper to donate one portion of a page to thank the teachers of  Setup a carwash and have older kids your school for all they do. provide the service to the teachers during  recess. Ask local businesses to donate one free  meal, manicure,  haircut, or personal  service, then give each teacher a ticket,  and hold a raffle!  National Teacher Appreciation Week is held during the first full week of May each year. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD ju
  10. 10. End of the Year Appreciation• Host a “teachers tailgate party” in June. Use  Please visit our blog VolunteerSpot to coordinate the event. (http://blog.volunteersp for more volunteering• Compile a photo album for the teacher using photos  suggestions and to share your project ideas taken throughout the year. and stories.• Help the kids produce a “what I’ll remember about this  year” video for their classroom teacher.• Compile a collection of quotes about teachers from  students and famous people.• Create a summer fun basket filled with books,  magazines, sunscreen, a beach towel and hat, etc.• Have the class decorate a large flower pot and fill it  with a beautiful plant.  Add a note ‐ ‘Thanks for  helping us grow this year!’ The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD ju
  11. 11. Gifts for long-time or retiring teachersCreate a video or timeline containing clips from newspapers or magazines about events that were happening in the world, each year while the teacher has been in service, as well as photos of the teacher and her former students. Frame a photo of their first class and their last class together.  (Most schools keep archived copies of yearbooks.)Locate past students. Ask them to write notes  or come and speak about the teacher and how (s)he impacted their lives. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD ju
  12. 12. Gift Ideas for Middle and High School TeachersBookmark your appreciation. Have your child design a simple bookmark on a computer using a graphics or  word processing program. The bookmark should have a clever message that expresses gratitude and appreciation for each of their teachers and/or subjects.  Be sure the student artist is identified on the back of the bookmark so that the teacher will always remember who made it for them.  Print several on one page, then laminate them if possible. A poem of remembrance. Have your  student write an original poem for each of  their teachers  that reminds them of  something interesting or funny that  happened in their class that year.  A “Commit‐Mint” Card. Have your student  make a simple card with the phrase “Thank  you for your commit‐mint” on it.  Then tape  a small roll of mint flavored candy to it.   There are other candy puns that can also be  used. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD ju
  13. 13. Teacher gifts are Collective Giftsappreciated because of of Time and Treatsthe thought behind them.Sometimes organizing VolunteerSpot’s free and easy online scheduler makes it easy to these activities can seem coordinate a  group gift from class parents or  the broader PTA overwhelming, so they community.  Each parent signs up to contribute a little bit of time  or effort, and collectively the teachers get a HUGELY rewarding just don’t happen. experience. Paperwork Parent: Take turns making copies and grading  papers to give the teacher a free evening.With just a few simpleclicks, VolunteerSpot can Recess or Lunch Monitor:  Parents create a supervision  schedule and give their child’s teacher well‐deserved quiet time help you organize just several days a week.about any teacherappreciation event – and Meals Circle: Create a meals calendar with each family  volunteering to bring lunch or dinner once a week.  it’s free! Classroom Helpers: Signup to read, help with science Just log on to experiments, and tutor kids needing extra Breakroom Treats: Parents signup to drop off homemade baked to get started! goods, special coffee and other tasty treats throughout the  year. The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD ju
  14. 14. Teacher Gift Survey Results Most Favorite Gifts Least Favorite Gifts • A personal note from students • Coffee mugs Teachers always appreciate the • Classroom supplies • Candles thought behind the gifts they receive, but • Restaurant and retail gift cards • Candy the gifts listed here are the ones teachers • Movie tickets • Lotion most often receive that they say are the • The best way to find out what  • Bath salts least useful. teacher might want is to ASK! “The best gift ever was a handwritten letter (on crinkled notebook paper) from a little girl. The note said all kinds of things about how she knows I love her and the class because I am caring and helpful, was perfect. Neither money nor chocolate could ever top that..” -- 3rd grade teacherThe Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot ,MN Minneapolis, DOING GOOD just got easier!
  15. 15. Simplify ALL Parent VolunteeringHelping parents, teachers and volunteer leaders coordinate activities and events simply and easily all year round! • Soccer Snacks • Scout Campouts • Walk‐a‐Thons & Fun Runs • Swim Meets • Sports Tournaments • Vacation Bible School • Girl Scout Cookie Booths • Neighborhood Clean ups • Coat, food and toy drives Volunteers signup on‐the‐go,  from their smartphones! and more . . . Class The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  16. 16. Additional ResourcesClick here for Sample Class Parent Letters: our other free eBooks with ideas andbest‐practices for: • School Carnivals • Teacher Gifts • Family‐Friendly Volunteering • Fundraising with Kids • Bake Sales • Talent Shows and more . . . Class Parent The Greatest Gifts for Teachers / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  17. 17. We love to hear what you have to say! If you: Liked this eBook Thank Shared this eBook with a friend Used some of the ideas in this You! eBook, or came up with some of your own Thank you for downloading this FREE Love volunteering eBook from VolunteerSpot. Want to be more involved with your kids’ school We take the hassle out of volunteering and make it point-and- Want your kids to be involved click simple to schedule all your with sharing, caring, and volunteer activities with our FREE benefiting others powerful real time calendar sign up tool. …And much more, Be sure to visit our blog to post your comments and read what other volunteers have to say!© 2011 by VolunteerSpot DOING GOOD Just Got Easier!Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 2.5. http://blog.volunteerspot.com